Frequently Asked Questions
I’d like to sign my child up for camp...can I do that?
Lake Valley Camp prioritizes enrolling youth who could not otherwise access high quality enrichment and character development programs like our camps. Our first priority is recruiting from our partner schools and from the Midtown neighborhood (53205) that surrounds our program center in Tiefenthaler Park. We will accept applications from any Milwaukee-based child but prioritize enrollment based on the above criteria. The commitment we expect from our families is to more than just camp and ours is to more than just your child’s summer; we’re in this together until they graduate high school and into adulthood.
When will I know if we've been accepted and the session we are assigned to?
Families who have submitted completed registration paperwork will be informed by mid-April of their status and can then come to our office to pick up their session assignments and camper handbook.
What activities are available at LVC summer camps?
Resident Camp activities include boating, swimming, archery, field games, fishing, hiking, nature studies, stargazing, creative and performing arts, horseback riding, team sports and team building, variety shows, peer mediation, conflict resolution and more. Pathfinder Day Camp activities include gardening, field trips, team building games, STEAM activities, outdoor free time, and healthy living. We also offer Day Camp programming for our 3rd to 8th graders targeted to specific interests and exploration. Our programs are centered around experiential learning to provide a well rounded program that engages youth in hands on fun.
How do I know my child is safe and the program is high quality?
Lake Valley Camp utilizes the Youth Program Quality Assessment and Camp Program Quality Assessment tools organized by the Weikart Center to ensure that we are offering a safe and engaging experience for all participants in all programs. Our Resident Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association which is a rigorous process with high standards to ensure safety and to manage risk. We hire gritty, committed, intelligent, and caring people; LVC staff are the best of the best. Staff are thoroughly trained and screened; ongoing professional development and feedback is a part of the LVC culture. Our staff to participant ratios are low allowing for the needs of our young people to be readily attended to; depending on the activity, ratios range between 1:4 to 1:8. Not convinced? Talk to a current participant and their parent or caregiver. Our families are honest about their experiences and we’d be happy to put you in touch.
Where will my child sleep at Resident Camp?
Campers sleep in our rustic villages which are community areas consisting of 3-4 cabins each with 4 bunk beds that sleep 8 campers and 2 counselors. Each village has a restroom shower house. Campers are grouped by age and gender and there are separate villages for boys and girls.
My child is currently at camp in Boscobel and I want to see how they are doing. Can I talk to them?
Our experience has taught us that it is best for your child’s overall experience to be fully immersed in camp life and therefore we do not allow telephone communication between campers and parents except in extreme emergencies. We will provide your child with writing materials/stamps and encourage them to write home as often as they like. You may call our office staff at 608-872-2392 to receive a report on how your child is doing while at camp - we commit to returning your call within 24 hours. You may also send mail to your child at: 40526 Hoover Hollow Road Boscobel, WI 53805 or send emails to your child to email@example.com.
How does a school become a partner?
Lake Valley Camp is looking for strong partnerships with schools serving Milwaukee youth and families of greatest need. Partnership requires the investment of time, energy and resources for all parties to support the development of our young people in long lasting ways that matter. Schools/school leaders who are interested in recruiting and enrolling a significant number of students, supporting Lake Valley Camp school year programming, setting shared goals, connecting year round on student progress and achievement, and who can invest in long-term commitment should reach out to Lake Valley Camp at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 414.431.4508 to setup a site visit and school tour.
How is Lake Valley Camp funded?
Lake Valley Camp is a 501c3 non-profit organization and programs are supported by incredibly generous donations made through a private foundation and the contributions of caring and invested community members and partners who support the LVC mission and believe in the potential of our young people. 100% of LVC youth attend programming at no cost to families aside from committing to keeping involved and engaged and to giving back in some way to the Lake Valley Camp community.
Can I make a donation?
Absolutely! Contributions can be made out to Lake Valley Camp and can be sent or dropped of at our main offices and program center at: 2480 W. Cherry St. Milwaukee WI 53205. Donations are tax deductible. In-kind donations of program supplies, outdoor and camping gear, and/or non-perishable snacks are all always welcome and appreciated.